EDGE Programs

EDGE offers tailored programs designed to develop the skills, networks and expertise you need to launch a new venture and help it grow. Learn more about each of our programs below.


Explore 

You’re a Sheridan student curious about entrepreneurial and changemaking skills, knowledge and mindsets. You’d like to explore how these skills can help you create your own venture or work in an existing venture. You’re ready to learn and apply the new skills gained.

Check out Explore if:

 You're a current Sheridan student


 You’re ready to learn how entrepreneurship and changemaking skills can benefit you personally and professionally


 You want to know how to identify your passions and generate ideas


 You’d like to understand how to refine and develop entrepreneurial ideas


Benefits

Tailored EDGE creativity and idea generation workshops and events

Access to the EDGE-ncy

Membership in the EDGE community

Access to the EDGE Hub

and more!

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Leap Startup League 

This unique program is offered as a partnership between EDGE and the University of Toronto Mississauga's ICUBE incubator.

You’re an aspiring social enterprise founder or impact start-up team looking to take the leap on an idea. You’re ready to design the business model to support your social venture, create prototypes and explore sustainable ways this idea might someday pay the bills.

Check out Leap Startup League if:

 You have a basic understanding of social entrepreneurship and changemaking


 You’ve taken steps to develop a specific entrepreneurial idea


 You’re ready to commit a few hours a week to further assess the idea as a career opportunity


Benefits

One-on-one mentorship with industry experts

Access to the resources of two vibrant incubators at one time

Impact-oriented business, branding, and communications training

Financial and legal information sessions

EDGE and ICUBE UTM Belt of Recognition and membership perks

and more!


Rise 

Your social venture is in motion: your product or service is outlined, your impact is clear, you understand your customers' challenges at a deep level and your sights are set on revenue. You may be asking yourself, what’s next?  It’s time to Rise! This 12-month program focuses on high-value, high-intensity support for social venture founders, customized to your venture’s stage of growth. We’ll help you focus so you can create an impactful, profitable and sustainable venture. You’ll have the chance to learn in small groups of diverse and like-minded founders while growing your impact and advancing your ambitious goals.   

Check out Rise if:

 You’re the founder of a registered social enterprise (non-profit, for-profit, or co-op) and you’re ready to achieve a big vision 


 Your product or service is ready to sell or already generating sales revenue (If you’re at the idea stage, check out our Leap Startup League)  


 You have defined objectives grounded in the social or environmental impact you want to create


Benefits

Individualized coaching focused on people, planet and profit valued at $6,000    

Support from seasoned mentors who collaborate to ensure your venture’s success.    

Practical problem-solving support and introductions to key networks

Help to drive customer leads for your venture using proven digital marketing strategies

Access to a dynamic cohort of fellow impact entrepreneurs at similar stages of growth 

and more! 


Co-op on the EDGE 

Co-op on the EDGE is a new approach to co-op for Sheridan students looking to build their own ventures. This unique, hands-on experience will put your innovation and creativity to work as you develop entrepreneurial knowledge and leadership competencies. Mentorship, training sessions and access to a collaborative community of entrepreneurs will help support you on your journey. This is an unpaid co-op opportunity and your venture idea must have an alignment with your program of study.

Check out Co-op on the EDGE if:

 You're a current Sheridan student


 You have an idea and you're interested in turning it into a venture


 You’d like to expand your entrepreneurial mindset


 You want to immerse yourself in the startup world


Benefits

Tailored bootcamp sessions

Access to EDGE and external partner workshops

Group and 1:1 mentoring

Access to the EDGE workspace

and more!

Social Impact Catalyst 

The EDGE Social Impact Catalyst powered by RBC Future Launch seeks changemakers aged 15-29 whose project or ventures tackle climate change and environmental sustainability. This program has been made possible with the generous support of RBC Future Launch, a proud partner of Sheridan and EDGE.

Check out Social Impact Catalyst if:

 You're an aspiring youth entrepreneur or changemaker in Peel and Halton region

 You have an idea, project or venture that seeks to tackle climate change and environmental sustainability.

 You want to tackle climate change and environmental sustainability.

Benefits

$2,000 Honorarium

Virtual community and networking opportunities

Group and 1:1 mentoring

Promotion of your venture

and more!